Friday 28th May 2009
Start Point : Elgol (NG 516 136)
Distance : 7.1 miles Height Ascended : 540 metres
The Cuillin are probably the most spectacular mountain range in Britian, a magnificent arc of splintered rock peaks with an
amazing array of pinnacles , cliffs, corries and arκtes. At the heart of the Cuillin lies Loch Coruisk, a wild sheet of water in
a deep corrie right below the Cuillin summits. The classic, and most interesting and scenic, way to reach Loch Coruisk is by
sea, which can be done from Elgol on the Bella Jane, a wonderful 45-minute boat ride. The boat journey crosses Loch Scavaig
to a landing-stage consisting of iron steps
in a rock slab in inner
with good views south to the rocky peaks of the
The Bella Jane (the blue-hulled boat) alongside the jetty at Elgol
Looking into Canas Fhionnairigh (
(the shoreline from left to right was covered in this walk)
Sgurr na Stri and Bla Bheinn - great views and the walk hadn't even started
Approaching the head of Loch Stravaig and the drop off point
Seals basking in
The recent rain
made crossing the
The first view of Loch Coruisk living up to all expectations
The classic view across Loch Coruisk into The Cuillin
The temptation to keep looking back was irresistible as the cloud slowly dissipated
Sgurr Alasdair appears through the cloud to the left
The walk really started here, despite the temptation to linger and take photographs
The walk is rough and rocky in places but not difficult
At low water I suspect it is possible to cross this section without scrambling over the foreshore
.however it is not possible to avoid the Bad Step a slab of rock
whichs runs down into the sea, blocking the way. Negotiating the Bad Step
involves an easy scramble, starting with a narrow ledge that leads up to a
tiny platform from which you balance along the edge of a wide crack in the slab,
hands on rock, back down to sea level amongst some big boulders.
A lone walker on the Bad Step (picture courtesy of the Scottish Sea Kayaking Club)
A look back having safely negotiated the Bad Step
Everywhere the path is low level but nearly always close to the cliff edge
Looking ahead - Elgol is close to the end of the narrow peninsula
Sgurr na Stri
The cloud continued to slowly dissipate as the walk progressed.
At Rubha Ban the path turns northeast along the west side of
are now hidden but a superb view opens up of Bla Bheinn in the northeast.
The river is crossable at several places but easier further upstream where it is relatively shallow.
Once across the river the walk is on gentle terrain for a while a beautiful sward of green turf above a sloping stony beach.
At the east end of the bay is a locked estate house.
Soaring above this lovely relaxing spot is the long, rocky ridge of Bla Bheinn.
Looking back across the Bay - a delightfully remote spot.
A glimpse of Marsco beyond the bay but Bla Bheinn still dominates this scene
A glimpse of two of the The Small Isles - Eigg beyond the promontory in the foreground and Rum to the right
The Black Cuillin
The Coullins from near Elgol
Approaching Elgol and the end of a fantastic walk
The Cuillin from the shore at Elgol (picture by Sue)